Quill Essex for Clothing

Arriving in stores now, Quill Essex is a complementary collection to Valori Well's Quill. With several of the same motifs, the collection are great together, yet truly stand on their own.

As a garment sewist and pattern designer, Valori wanted to make a collection specifically for apparel. So with a few tweaks to the scale and different coloring, she created the seven prints available in Quill Essex. And of course, they coordinate beautifully with several solids already available in Essex Linen.

The linens work perfectly for home accessories and handbags, as well. Valori used her Mina Bag pattern with two of the prints to create this lovely satchel.

Jemellia Hilfiger of JemJam whipped up some Maritime Shorts (Grainline Patterns)...

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...and an adorable A-line skirt from Jona Giammalva's The Essential A-Line Skirt book, lining it with voile.

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Essex Linen texture and weight makes it ideal for apparel, bags, pillows and home decor and Valori Wells' design in Quill Essex give it incomparable style.  Ask for it at your local quilt shop!

Working with Cotton Lawns

Since launching our first collection of London Calling cotton lawn back in 2008, we have continued to develop new designs and new collections using this versatile fabric. 

Lawn is typically made from cotton now and the high fine count gives a silky, smooth feel to the fabric. It is lightweight and drapes well making it a wonderful choice for apparel fabric. With slightly more body than voile, it can be easier to sew with. 

We recently released even more designs in cotton lawn with our Lennox Gardens collection.

These twelve new fabrics are perfect for blouses, dresses, curtains and more. And with its crisp finish, it's a breeze to sew!  For our recent visit to the LA Textile Show, we had several items made using the London Calling and Cotton Lawn. 

From Left to Right:   ICE CREAM DRESS   BY OLIVER + S (LONDON CALLING AND CAMBRIDGE), VINTAGE BUTTERICK PATTERN (LONDON CALLING AND CAMBRIDGE),   EMERY DRESS   BY CHRISTINE HAYNES (LONDON CALLING).

From Left to Right: ICE CREAM DRESS BY OLIVER + S (LONDON CALLING AND CAMBRIDGE), VINTAGE BUTTERICK PATTERN (LONDON CALLING AND CAMBRIDGE), EMERY DRESS BY CHRISTINE HAYNES (LONDON CALLING).

   EMERY DRESS   BY CHRISTINE HAYNES (LONDON CALLING).

 EMERY DRESS BY CHRISTINE HAYNES (LONDON CALLING).

Want to give it a try? We have two free patterns for you: a simple skirt and a twin size quilt.

Faraway quilt

Faraway quilt

Simple Skirt 

Simple Skirt 

You can download these and dozens more patterns to try out in our Free Patterns section at RobertKaufman.com

Give Canvas a Try

Spring is right around the corner and just in time, with bright colors and fun prints, we're releasing Auntie's Attic Canvas, a collection with twelve new prints that are perfect for a wide range of projects. 

Inspired by vintage wallpaper, the prints evoke a retro, yet modern feel with graphic designs and bold colors. Made from 100% cotton, the fabric is heavier than standard quilting cottons, making it a great choice for projects that will get extra wear and tear. Backpacks, dufflebags, purses, cushions, jackets and tablecloths are all projects that would be well-suited for using canvas. Need a few ideas?  

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Designed by Grainline Studio, the Portside Travel Bag is perfect for a weekend trip. Made with black Outback Canvas and Auntie's Attic Canvas, the bag is fully lined and features adjustable straps. More info here.

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The Social Tote is a great pattern to use with Auntie's Attic Canvas. Designed by Carolyn Friedlander (Slow Sewing Studio), the heavier weight of the fabric lends stability to the tote.

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Lauren from Sew Modern in Los Angeles used the canvas to make up this gorgeous version of Colette Pattern's Anise Jacket.  [And check out that wall of Kona Cottons!]

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Lauren didn't stop with her jacket, though! She whipped up these fab pillows for her sofa, too.

So go ahead and give canvas a try! Let us know what you made by tagging us on Instagram (@robertkaufman) or Facebook (@robertkaufmanfabrics). We're looking forward to seeing what you can do with Auntie's Attic Canvas, too!

Dubstepper Messenger Bag {free pattern}

Ann Kelle is back with more cuteness with Beatbox, a collection of record players, boom boxes, headphones and cassettes. With a fun retro feel with her characteristic whimsy, Beatbox is perfect for accessories, including this messenger bag designed by The Craft Junky.

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"I designed this bag for all of you tech savvy people. With an adjustable cross-body strap and a sturdy carrying handle, toting all of your gadgets will be easy peasy.
Dubstepper features a large exterior zipper pocket on the front of the bag as well as a smaller interior zipper perfect to stow away your mp3 player and ear buds. And the well-padded sleeve on the inside provides the perfect protection for your tablet or e-reader."

-Amanda, The Crafty Junky

Download the free pattern from our site and get started making your own version of the Dubstepper. And look for Beatbox at your local quilt shop!